I do, I do


Same-sex couples said “I do” all over New York beginning at midnight Sunday, but there was no call for ceremonies in the local area.

In fact, there was a single ceremony done in all of Washington County. That was in Argyle, where Town Clerk Gianna Cross opened her office for three hours and issued one license, for a couple from Amsterdam.

In New York City, there were 659 marriage licenses issues. City Hall in Albany was open at midnight for ceremonies and a number of couples also used Niagara Falls as the backdrop for their ceremonies.

But as of Monday, there had been no licenses issued in Granville, Whitehall or other nearby towns.

Granville Town Clerk Jenny Martelle said Friday afternoon, she had not received any inquiries specifically regarding gay marriage.

“People call up all the time and want to know what they need to do to get married,” she said.

Martelle said none of the inquiries fielded lately specially addressed gay marriage. “But I don’t ask,” she said.

Because of a software update, Monday, July 25 was the first day the clerk’s office would be open to issue a same sex marriage certificate.

In Hartford, town clerk Denise Petteys said she received the same software upgrade and likewise had no special hours set aside for Sunday, July 24.

“We’ve had no calls for it, no demands for it,” Petteys said. 

 Dorothy Worthington Hebron Town Clerk said likewise she had no advanced requests and had did not held hours Sunday. Further hampering events in Hebron, Worthington said the software upgrade others had installed had not worked on her computer and would likely necessitate some computer work.

Between the computer and a lack of some of the necessary paperwork, Worthington said it looked like Hebron might not be ready to issue a license, should there be a demand during the first week of same sex marriages.

 “We didn’t hold any different office hours,” Whitehall town clerk Elaine Jones said. “Licenses are available during regular office hours or by appointment for couples who can’t make it to office hours.”

Jones said she has received the revised same-sex paperwork from the state, but as of Monday hadn’t been approached by same-sex couples seeking to be wed.

“Not a one,” she said when asked if the office had received any inquires. Jones said the town issued just 33 licenses in the previous year.

Town clerks in Hampton and Dresden said the situation wasn’t any different in those communities.

Hampton clerk Rebecca Jones and Dresden clerk Marcinda Clark said they had both received the new paperwork from the state but haven’t needed to fill it out.

“I haven’t issued a single marriage permit all year. It’s Dresden; we’re a small town,” Wilbur said. 

Derek Liebig contributed to this report

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